Allis Markham

Allis Markham

Born in the small town of Madison, Indiana, Allis grew up with a love of both nature and art -- happily with a lack supervision that made exploring both possible. Her first career as the Director of Social Media Strategy for the Walt Disney Company however, was a far cry from her naturalist roots...

In 2009, Allis attended the Advanced Taxidermy Training Center in Montana. Upon her return to Los Angeles, she began volunteering at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. There she met her mentor, museum taxidermist Tim Bovard. Under his tutelage, Allis earned a staff position in taxidermy leaving her computer behind for good and picking up a scalpel. 

After completing the 'Nature Lab' and 'Becoming LA' exhibits at NHMLA, Allis decided to open up Prey Taxidermy in downtown Los Angeles. She not only gets to continuing working with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, but many other museums and nature centers across the country. 

With a keen interest in Ornithology, Allis specializes in bird taxidermy and prides herself on her work with smaller birds. This has enabled her to work along side biologists, exhibit designers and curators at the Moore Lab of Zoology, The Huntington LibraryThe Frost Museum of Science, University of Colorado and many other institutions.

Allis has received multiple awards for her taxidermy work. Most recently, Allis won the title 'Third in the World' at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships for her African Jacana, non-game bird. Allis will be competing in the upcoming 2018 European Championships in Salzburg, Austria in 2018. 

Allis continues to strive for excellence in her work and never stops learning. She has since had the honor of studying with many World Champion Wildlife Artists, including Tony Finazzo, Danny Owens, and Ken Walker

 


    Madison Rubin

    Madison Rubin

    Los Angeles native, Madison Rubin grew up in the Brewery Art Colony where she now continues to reside in a studio of her own. Madison's love of taxidermy began in high school when she started volunteering at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles under Tim Bovard. She had always had a love for all thing macabre-- and luckily had the support of an artist mother who reached out to Tim for volunteer opportunities. While honing her craft at the museum, Madison also attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in cultural Anthropology and Art history. Her background in both art and her inclination towards to the scientific are evident in her work at Prey Taxidermy.

    Madison continues to volunteer at the Natural History Museum and works at Prey teaching classes, creating custom commission pieces and lending her unique eye to every facet of the studio.